Patents and licensing

Investing in technology innovation

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Introduction to patents and licensing

Licensing on FRAND terms

5G patents and licensing

Highlighting inventors

Inventor of the Year award

Articles and opinions

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Mobile and ICT patents transform our everyday lives

Innovations in cellular technology have opened us up to new digital experiences: 2G allowed us to have better conversations, 3G enabled us to surf the web, and 4G has given us seamless video streaming. 5G is now taking us to the next level and closer to the vision of the networked society. It will bring rich video content with zero waiting times, immersive VR experiences and a whole range of exciting IoT services – in this connected world, anything is possible.

Introduction to patents and licensing

At Ericsson we are dedicated to research and innovation, leading the development of cellular technology – from 2G to 5G. Around 15 percent of Ericsson’s annual global revenue is invested in research and development (R&D) and we have the largest portfolio in the industry, with over 54,000 granted patents.

Through our creation of cellular standards we have pioneered the technology that we take for granted today and continue to lead the way for advancements still to come.

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Videos: Highlighting inventors and patents

Intellectual property rights are at the center of the technologies that drive Ericsson. It’s important to emphasize patents and licensing as a means to fuel continued innovation. In 2019, we partnered with online media company Axios to create three videos spotlighting Ericsson inventors and researchers, but also the importance of innovation in general, for today and tomorrow.

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Inventors of the Year

Bold innovations drive us forward. At Ericsson, we strive to recognize our inventors’ hard work and contributions to our patent portfolio. The Inventor of the Year award celebrates the pioneers who go above and beyond.

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Articles and opinions

Lessons from COVID-19: Connectivity matters in a time of crisis

APR 27, 2020. Across the globe, many of us are sheltering in place, practicing social distancing and working from home to slow the spread of COVID-19. Mobile networks across Europe are proving a critical backbone amid this pandemic. 

The EU and European innovators must take part in shaping global 5G standards. Here's why

NOV 11, 2019. In her mission letter to the Commissioner-designate for the Internal Market, Ursula von der Leyen stressed the importance of “investing in the next frontier of technologies (…), jointly defining standards for 5G networks and new-generation technologies”. 

Hedy Lamarr inducted into the IP Hall of Fame

MAY 2, 2019. Austrian actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler; November 9, 1914 —January 19, 2000) has been selected as one of this year’s inductees into the IP Hall of Fame.

Creating a healthy ecosystem

The immense investment made in technology innovation has driven the value we enjoy from our smartphones. Compensating innovative companies through patent royalties and on FRAND terms allows them to reinvest in the newest generation of technology, and unlock the most advanced digital experience for all of us. This is central to continuing to incentivize companies to contribute their best engineers’ time and creating standards of the future.

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5G patents and licensing

5G standardization is supported by the patent and licensing process, and will boost performance between networks, devices and operators, creating new revenue streams with radical new business models and use cases. Progress on the 5G standardization front will also bring enormous opportunities to the way we use our devices to communicate with our surroundings, revolutionizing key industries globally, including: TV and media; manufacturing; healthcare; telecommunications; and transportation and infrastructure.

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The importance of global standards

Ensuring that there is a global standard is vital when it comes to cellular technology as it means that only the best innovations reach the consumer. The development of mobile and ICT technology is crucial to standardization since it supports innovation and ensures that only the most cutting-edge technology comes to market for all to enjoy.

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IoT licensing

Avanci, a patent licensing platform, was initiated by Ericsson as the first marketplace for licensing patented cellular technology to the Internet of Things. The Avanci platform provides a place for those contributing standard essential patents to share their innovations, and for IoT companies to access the technology needed to connect their products - with one agreement and for one fair, flat per-unit rate. Avanci is an independently operated company headquartered in Dallas.

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Future technologies

A number of technologies shape tomorrow’s intelligent network platform. By evolving these technologies we evolve the network platform, a platform that will fundamentally change the way our societies innovate, collaborate, produce, govern and live sustainably.

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